Fracture of the first rib

Acta Orthop Scand. 1976 Dec;47(6):632-4. doi: 10.3109/17453677608988750.


Fifteen cases of isolated fracture of the first rib are submitted. The mechanism of the fracture is discussed. It proved compatible with the descriptions in the literature, caused either by direct trauma to the shoulder, a sudden violent contraction of juxtacostal muscles; or else it was a chance finding, without any history of trauma and as such interpreted as a fatigue fracture. A case of Horner's syndrome complicating a fracture of the first rib is also described.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Clavicle / injuries
  • Ganglia, Spinal / injuries
  • Horner Syndrome / complications
  • Horner Syndrome / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumothorax / complications
  • Radiography
  • Rib Fractures / complications
  • Rib Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Rib Fractures / etiology*
  • Shoulder Injuries*